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Mrs. Weinstein Joins Republican Ticket for Westfield Town Council 4th Ward Race

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A former member of the Town Council has tipped her hat back into the ring for the fall campaign.

Janis Fried Weinstein, who served on the council most of last year after filling the unexspired seat of Michael E. Panagos, will seek the Fourth Ward seat on the Republican ticket. The seat, previously held for 11 years by James Hely, is currently filled by Donnell Carr of Hort Street.

The candidate replaces Christian Sepe who withdrew from the race due to a recent promotion which would have impacted his availability on the Town Council.

Mrs. Weinstein was nominated by the Republican Town Committee last Thursday night to replace Mr. Sepe on the GOP ticket. She lost last year’s Fourth Ward race to Lawrence A. Goldman by a mere 15 tallies. There are two seats for each of the town’s four wards. Terms run for two years each.

She joins a candidate slate which includes First Ward Candidate Gregory S. McDermott, Second Ward Councilman Matthew P. Albano and Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, Jr.

Mrs. Weinstein has been active in the community for many years including such organizations as the United Fund of Westfield, the Junior Woman’s Club, the Westfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and as a volunteer with the Westfield MainStreet program.

The candidate was Past President of the McKinley School Parent-Teacher Organization, and currently serves on the Westfield Recreation Commission, a position to which she was appointed by Mayor Jardim in January.

Mrs. Weinstein also serves as a Trustee on the Westfield Historical Society and as the Republican Committeewoman of the Fourth Ward, District 1.

Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Robert W. Cockren, announced that Mrs. Weinstein, "brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the town to the Republican ticket."

A resident of Knollwood Terrace, Mrs. Weinstein said she was "honored to have been asked to represent the Republican Party once again as their candidate for the Fourth Ward."

While on the council, Mrs. Weinstein was involved with such issues as the beautification of Tamaques Park, and spearheading initial efforts at a resolution regarding a four-way stop intersection at Dorian Road and Scotch Plains Avenue.

"I have devoted many years of my adult life to voluntarism in Westfield and I am very committed to our town and its residents. I feel a strong sense of pride and ‘community’ having grown up in Westfield and in the Fourth Ward. I accept and look forward to the challenge," she said.

The candidate has two children who attend Edison Intermediate and McKinley Elementary Schools, respectively.

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